In June of 2106 Shakina Nayfack crowdfunded a tour of her latest solo show, Manifest Pussy, to North Carolina in protest of their new law, HB2, which removes LGBT people from the state-wide non-discrimination policy and forces transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to the gender marker on their birth certificate.
Check out these short documentary videos from the tour, filmed and edited by Paul W. Sauline with a theme song by Lauren Marcus and title animation by Bek Ward.
Manifesy Pussy is a journey of trans* liberation that follows the time leading up to and through Shakina's gender transition, weaving together songs and stories from her previous tour de force solo musicals One Woman Show and Post-Op. The show blurs the lines between the sacred and profane. Combining storytelling with cutting edge spoken word and original songs by Julianne Wick Davis, Joel Waggoner, Zoe Sarnak, Joe Iconis, Nikko Benson, Sam Salmond, Michael R. Jackson, Teresa Lotz, Lauren Marcus, and Shaina Taub.
Highlights from the premiere of Shakina Nayfack's POST-OP at Joe's Pub, September 22, 2015. Written and Performed by Shakina Nayfack, with music and additional lyrics by Joel Waggoner, Zoe Sarnak, Tidtaya Sinutoke, Ty Defoe, Michael R. Jackson, Sam Salmond, Julianne Wick Davis, Teresa Lotz, Lauren Marcus, and Shaina Taub. Directed by Sarna Lapine, Music Directed by Jacob Yates (piano), with Mike Rosengarten (guitar), Alex Eckhardt (bass), Ashley Baier (Drums). Video by Micah Joel. Produced by Musical Theatre Factory.
ONE WOMAN SHOW Performed by Shakina at 54 Below, Feb 20, 2014. Music Directed by Jeremy Robin Lyons (on piano), with Mike Rosengarten on guitar, Joseph Wallace on bass, and Jeff Roberts on drums. Help me make the change by donating at http://www.KickStartHer.com or visit http://www.ShakinaNayfack.com for more info!
"Celebrating the Music of William Finn" at Merkin Hall, February 9, 2014. Produced and Directed by Shakina Nayfack for Congregtion Beit Simchat Torah. Music Directed by Joshua Zecher Ross. Featuring Mary Testa, Barbara Walsh, Stephen Bogardus, Carolee Carmello, Heather MacRae, Sally Wilfert, Sebastian Arcelus, Anne Nathan, and Taylor Trensch. With Molly Hager, Amanda Savan, Michael Linden, and the CBST Chorus under the direction of Joyce Rosenzweig. Videography by Micah Joel: http://www.xerkmerdia.com